Do you “crash” early in the day or throughout the day?
Do you feel tired all day at work, but more energetic in the evening?
Are you very tired at night, but struggle to fall asleep?
Do you wake up feeling unrested after a full night of sleep?
Do you sweat continually under the armpits after performing even lighttasks?
Are you constantly thirsty and can’t quench it / have dry mouth / frequently crave salt?
Do you have blurry vision or difficulty focusing your eyesight?
Do you experience a continual craving for stimulants?
If you answered YES to any of the above scenarios, you are likely experiencing adrenal imbalance.
Sadly, in today’s society we have normalized tiredness:
- I’m tired because I didn’t sleep well last night.
- I’m tired because I had a long day.
- I’m tired because I’m pregnant; it happens to so many women, it’s normal.
- I’m tired because I just had a baby – every new mom is tired.
- I’m tired because I have three kids and work full time.
However, there is nothing normal about being tired. If we were to speak the truth about how being tired is not normal, many of us would have recognized the warning signs and avoided adrenal crashes.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms – Warning Signs
Weakness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, easily confused, forgetfulness, trouble completing basic tasks, hoarse voice, poor digestion, hair loss, constipation, depression, insomnia, waking up tired, wanting a nap in the day, no dreaming, lack of libido.
The number one purpose of our adrenals is to save our lives
Our adrenal glands signal danger and then help to save us from that danger. The adrenals power the fight or flight response when we are faced with perceived danger. When our bodies secrete adrenaline it is akin to us being in the Emergency Room. Just as we are not meant to live in the ER, nor were our bodies intended to live in a perpetual state of the extreme adrenal output under which we live in today’s society. The adrenaline that our bodies produce when we are in a state of fear/stress/anxiety or when we perceive something in a negative way, is an extremely corrosive adrenaline. We constantly produce smaller amounts of this corrosive adrenaline when we live in a perpetual state of overwhelm.
56 Blends of Adrenal Hormones
We have a total of 56 different blends of adrenal hormones. 30 of those blends are produced for happy, positive emotions, while the remaining 26 blends are reserved for more stressful situations (birth, death, financial struggle, any sort of breakdown). The negative emotions create toxic and corrosive adrenaline, which your liver is constantly trying to neutralize.
This corrosive adrenaline is the most toxic substance on the planet! Negative adrenaline makes us vulnerable to illness. Stress and negative emotions are not the root cause of illness, however they can be a trigger. Stress/fear/anxiety trigger the adrenals to produce corrosive adrenaline which feeds pathogens…the pathogens are the root cause of your illness.
These are the key components of your endocrine system, located directly above the kidneys. They are the MASTER glands and control ALL the reproductive hormones in the body. Our adrenals are responsible for producing critical hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, and all the sex hormones. Adrenal glands produce an excess of hormones when there is a stress trigger because they are trying to save your life.
Blood sugar is the single most important determinant of your health. Glucose keeps us alive, the central nervous system and every organ in the body runs on glucose. Maintaining a healthy and stable blood sugar is critical to ALL aspects of health. Grazing throughout the day on adrenal snacks consisting of potassium, sodium, and glucose is imperative – such snacks will maintain your blood sugar levels so that your adrenals don’t kick in to “save your life” by pumping adrenaline that will give you false energy.
Here are some examples of easy, on the go, adrenal snacks:
● Apple, celery, and dates ● Orange, avocado, and spinach ● Sweet potato, kale, and lemon juice ● Cucumber, avocado, and lime juice ● Banana, dates, and romaine lettuce ● Coconut water, dried apricots, and celery ● Coconut water, banana, and spinach ● Pear, berries, and mache ● Mango, figs, and celery ● Oranges, cilantro, and butter lettuce ● Raspberries, tangerines, and green leaf lettuce ● Berries, raw honey, and cucumber ● Apple, dates, and collard greens ● Banana, grapes, and red leaf lettuce ● Apple, cauliflower, and cucumber ● Watermelon with lime juice, and celery juice
Click below to view examples of adrenal snacks on my Instagram page:
Top healing foods for your adrenals:
- Wild blueberries
- Red apples
Adrenaline & the Neurological System
Our bodies compensate due to adrenal imbalances. When you have too much cortisol, your heart, pancreas, liver, and nervous system are affected. When you don’t have enough cortisol, you have a thyroid imbalance
People with a sensitive central nervous system (CSN) or any neurological symptoms do not do well under stress/pressure….why? Because your nerves are already sensitive to adrenaline, so when you produce more it doesn’t feel good and you can crash.
Adrenaline & Brain Fog
When you have prolonged periods of stress/fear/anxiety your body produces corrosive adrenaline. This leads to adrenal issues with erratic spurts of adrenaline. The liver then sponges up as much as it can to try to protect you from this corrosive adrenaline. Eventually the liver becomes stagnant and sluggish and lowers your energy. This lower energy can create a mild brain fog.
Another possibility is when unchecked, highly corrosive adrenaline gets into the brain – this alone will cause brain fog.
Adrenaline & the Gut
Those with a hypersensitive CSN, also have a hypersensitive gut. If you are more sensitive, then you will produce more adrenaline when trying to navigate your everyday life…you get heightened anxiety about all the adrenal triggers life throws at us, and that alone sets off more adrenaline.
Adrenaline can saturate and scorch your intestinal lining, and the nerves of your intestinal lining can become inflamed…more adrenaline can actually hurt the nerves in the gut. Elevated adrenaline from stress can lead to nutrient depletion. When the nerves of the gut are inflamed, you will not be able to absorb nutrients as well.
High stress leads to adrenaline saturating the liver. If the liver is unable to neutralize it because it is already overloaded, then a strain is put on your bile function which leads to the weakening of your Hydrochloric Acid (HCL). Bottom line – excess adrenaline lowers HCL…ongoing stress, leads to adrenaline surges, results in weakened HCL.
When you have low bile production, lower bile salt content in your bile, lower HCL production, and lower levels of mineral salts in your HCL…then the food you eat does not get properly prepared for digestion. This prevents the small intestine from absorbing all the nutrients it should. Excess adrenaline weakens overall digestion in the gut and is one of the reasons why so many people struggle with bloating, cramping, under digested food in the stool, gas, and constipation.
Hope and Healing
It is important to know that your adrenal glands support each other, they lean on each other because they never weaken equally. Thus, when one adrenal gland is struggling, the other one is there to pick up the slack. As you work toward healing your adrenals, always keep in mind that your body is on your side – it has a brilliant system put in place that is supporting and protecting you constantly.
In August we will be exploring how to live a Medical Medium lifestyle on a budget – it can be done!
**This month we are learning all about the adrenal glands in my Intuitive Healing Community – it’s never too late to join, I’d love to see you there.